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Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Dutch Django Reinhardt's "Quintette, premieres in du Hot Club"

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • Oct 21 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres
  • Nov 13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • Nov 21 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad
  • Nov 27 Pro-labor musical revue "Pins & Needles" opens, produced by ILGWU
  • Dec 25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 140


Person of interestGrace Bumbry

Jan 4 Grace Bumbry, mezzo-soprano (Venus in Tannhäuser), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • Jan 6 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 6 Paolo Conte, Italian singer
  • Jan 8 Robert Moran, composer
  • Jan 8 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • Jan 12 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (d. 2002)
  • Jan 14 Billie Jo Spears, country singer
  • Jan 16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • Jan 16 Conny Vandenbos, Dutch singer (My rose, my little rose)
  • Jan 27 John Ogdon, pianist/composer, born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 29 Bobby Scott, jazz singer
  • Jan 31 Philip Glass, minimal composer (Einstein on the Beach), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 1 Don Everly, Brownie Ky, vocalist (Everly Bros-Wake Up Little Susie)
  • Feb 1 Dr Hook, [Ray Sawyer], Ala, vocalist (Dr Hook-When You're in Love)
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Tom Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 5 Cocky van Oost, [Kommertje van Vliet], Dutch dancer (Sylphides)
  • Feb 8 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street)
  • Feb 9 Johnny Sayles, US vocalist (You Made Me Wiggle)
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • Feb 11 Lodewijk Boer, Dutch violinist/playwright (The Family)
  • Feb 14 Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
  • Feb 15 Zoltan Pesko, composer
  • Feb 17 Mickey McGill, US vocalist (Dells-Love is Blue)
  • Feb 20 David Ackles, Illinois, vocalist/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • Feb 20 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love)
  • Feb 22 Dubravko Detoni, composer
  • Feb 26 Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer (d. 1997)
  • Mar 4 [Bernard Barney Jean] Wilen, musician
  • Mar 6 Paul Mefano, French composer, born in Basra, Iraq
  • Mar 6 Ben Keith [Bennett Keith Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Mar 8 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 8 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker (Reflections in a Crystal Wind)
  • Mar 12 Elizabeth Vaughan, Welsh opera soprano (Victor-Victoria, born in Llanfyllin
  • Mar 13 Terence "Terry" Cox, British musician (Pentangle, Duffy's Nucleus, Humblebums), born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
  • Mar 16 Constança Capdeville, Porteguese pianist and composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Mar 16 David Del Tredici, American composer and pioneer of the Neo-Romantic movement (1980 Pulitzer), born in Cloverdale, California
  • Mar 17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry, American pianist and singer (Ain't Got No Home), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mar 20 Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Mar 20 Joe Rivers, rocker (Johnnie & Joe)
  • Mar 22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 22 Angelo Badalamenti, American film composer (Twin Peaks, The Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mar 23 Heinz Martin Lonquich, German composer
  • Mar 23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • Mar 24 Benjamin Luxon, Redruth England, baritone (Owen Wingrave)
  • Mar 24 Billy Stewart, US R&B singer (I Do Love You)
  • Mar 27 Johnny Copeland, American blues guitarist and singer (Lion's Den), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Mar 31 Willem Duyn, [Mouth], Dutch singer (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • Apr 3 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)

Person of interestMerle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, country singer (Death Valley Days), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2016)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Apr 7 Charlie Thomas, singer (Drifters), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Apr 22 Jack Nitzsche, composer/songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman)
  • Apr 24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • May 1 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel)
  • May 4 Ron Carter, American jazz bassist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • May 4 Hans Ulrich Lehmann, composer
  • May 4 Dick Dale, American guitarist
  • May 5 Delia Derbyshire, English musician and composer (Doctor Who theme, White Noise), born in Coventry, England (d. 2001)
  • May 9 Dave Prater, Ocilla Ga, rock vocalist (Sam & Dave)
  • May 9 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • May 13 Judith Somogi, American conductor (Frankfurt Opera-1982), born in NYC, New York
  • May 14 Peter Frederic Williams, composer
  • May 15 Trini Lopez [Tinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 20 Teddy Randazzo, song writer (I'm on the Outside Looking In)
  • May 26 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • May 29 Irmin Schmidt, rocker (Can)
  • May 29 Peter Kolman, composer
  • Jun 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jun 4 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Stanley Lunetta, composer
  • Jun 5 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • Jun 7 Neeme Järvi, Estonian conductor
  • Jun 15 Ray Coleman, British music journalist and biographer, born in Leicester (d. 1996)
  • Jun 15 Rolf Riehm, German composer, born in Saarbrücken
  • Jun 15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Jun 20 Jerry Keller, rocker/actor (If Ever I See You Again)
  • Jul 6 Gene Chandler, [Eugene Dixon], rocker (Duke of Earl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist/conductor (Tchakowsky-1961), born in Gorky, Russia
  • Jul 10 Sandy Stewart, singer (Sing Along With Mitch, Mr President), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 12 Michel Louvain, French Canadian singer (Buenas Noches Mi Amor), born in Quebec, Canada
  • Jul 19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, (d. 2014)
  • Jul 24 Barry Lloyd Vercoe, composer
  • Jul 27 Chuck Jackson, Latta SC, singer (Any Day Now, I Don't Want to Cry)
  • Jul 28 Peter Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Peter Duchin Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 2 Garth Hudson, Canadian pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival)
  • Aug 4 David Vickerman Bedford, composer
  • Aug 6 Baden Powell de Aquino, Brazilian guitarist (d. 2000)
  • Aug 6 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, born in Harlem, New York
  • Aug 6 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Aug 8 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer
  • Aug 14 Brian Fenelly, composer
  • Aug 16 David Behrman, composer
  • Aug 20 El Fary, Spanish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • Aug 22 Donald MacLeary, British ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 27 Alice Coltrane, jazz musician
  • Aug 27 Phil Shulman, Welsh rocker (Gentle Giant), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 27 Tommy Sands, singer/actor (Teenage Rock, Dream With Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Sep 10 Paul Martin Palombo, composer

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 27 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 26 Actress Mary Pickford (45) weds actor and band leader Charles Rogers (32)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • Jul 11 Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas (22) marries dancer Caitlin McNamara (22) in Penzance, Cornwall

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 8 John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 14 Erkki Gustav Melartin, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 2 Gustav Wohlgemuth, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 12 Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
  • Mar 12 Jeno Hubay, Hungarian composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer and professor (Paris Conservatory), dies at 93
  • Mar 29 Karol Szymanowski, Polish/Ukraine composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 54
  • Apr 8 Arthur William Foote, US organist/composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 8 William Henry Hadow, composer (Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Algernon Ashton, composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 15 Nikolai Artzibushev, composer, dies at 79
  • May 1 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • May 2 Arthur Somervell, composer, dies at 73
  • May 4 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • May 11 Viliam Figus, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 2 Louis Vierne, French organist and composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 10 Attilio Brugnoli, composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 11 George Gershwin, American composer (An American in Paris), dies at 38
  • Jul 17 Henri-Constant-Gabriel Pierne, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer, dies at 51
  • Aug 23 Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel, composer, dies at 68
  • Sep 4 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • Sep 6 Henry Kimball Hadley, composer, dies at 65
  • Sep 23 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68
  • Sep 26 Bessie Smith, American blues singer nicknamed the "Empress of Blues" (over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
  • Oct 9 August de Boeck, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 2 Maude Valerie White, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 4 Rogelio del Villar, Spanish composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 23 Louis Victor Saar, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47
  • Dec 28 Maurice J Ravel, Swiss/French composer (Bolero), dies in Paris at 62